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LA City Council unanimously approves USC development

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The Village at USC, which will be built on university-owned land at Hoover Street and Jefferson Boulevard, is expected to create 8,000 permanent jobs and 4,000 construction jobs.

Plans for a major, mixed-use real estate development around USC  were unanimously approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council. It will be the largest private development in South Los Angeles. 

The project, which will be built on university-owned land at Hoover Street and Jefferson Boulevard, is expected to create 8,000 permanent jobs and 4,000 construction jobs. Overall, construction on Village at USC will have a $1.1 billion impact on Los Angeles County’s economy, according to numbers provided by the university. 

The project, which will include new student housing, restaurants, retail shops and a grocery, has been a decade in the making. 

Tom Sayles, USC’s senior vice president of university relations, told reporters after the vote: “At the end of the day, we all came together and as a result we are now going to have a truly transformative project — a project that will improve the quality of life as well as improve employment opportunities in our neighborhood,” 

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The undefeated Fighting Irish take on the disappointing Trojans tonight at USC

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USC lined up against Notre Dame in 2011.

The Fighting Irish couldn't have asked for a sweeter Saturday night in Southern California.  Notre Dame comes into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with a perfect 11-0 record, ranked number one in the country, and their most hated rival is battered and bruised and minus its starting quarterback.

In a rivalry that goes back to 1926, that scrappy bearded leprechaun with clenched fists is drooling at the chance to use the USC Trojans as the exclamation point to its dream season.

But on any given Saturday any team can win, even the 7-4 Trojans, who are coming off a disappointing defeat to UCLA.

So what do you think? Can USC provide a devastating upset and ruin its rival's perfect season? Or will it be an embarrassing blow-out?

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UCLA defeats USC for just the second time in 14 years

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Joseph Fauria #8 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates his touchdown with Jerry Johnson #9 for a 17-0 lead over the USC Trojans at Rose Bowl on November 17, 2012 in Pasadena, California.

In a game that will be talked about for years -- by UCLA fans -- Brett Hundley's Bruins beat up Matt Barkley's Trojans 38-28 in Pasadena.

The win Saturday snapped a five-game UCLA losing streak to USC and allowed the Bruins to clinch the Pac-12 South title.

Despite the fact that No. 17 UCLA had a better record than No. 20 USC entering the Rivalry Week game, most considered the Bruins underdogs in the match-up as just a year ago the Trojans easily won the annual skirmish 50-0.

After today's game, UCLA head coach Jim Mora was at a loss for words when asked what the victory means for him, in this, his first year at the helm.

"It means so much to the seniors. Look at them, they're going to address the fans," he told Fox Sports. "It's awesome. I don't know what to say. What do you want me to say?"

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Murdered students' parents accuse USC of misrepresenting area's crime

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Los Angeles Police Department Officer Suzan Nelson holds photos of Chinese foreign exchange students Ming Qu (bottom) and Ying Wu (top).

A lawyer representing the parents of two USC graduate students who were murdered in April accused the University of Southern California of misrepresenting the safety of the school's surrounding neighborhood to prospective students, according to new court documents filed Monday.

Attorney Alan Burton Newman represents the parents of Ying Wu and Ming Qu, who were murdered in what police have described as a botched car-jacking.

Newman filed the new documents in connection with a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the students' families.

The meat of the accusations is that the school is aware that its surrounding neighborhoods — where many of its students live — are "high crime." Despite this knowledge, the documents say, the school fails to provide security in areas where many students live.

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Poll: Will USC beat Colorado by more than 41 points?

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The USC Trojans enter the field before a game against the California Golden Bears at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 27-9.

The most interesting part of today's game between the 11th ranked USC Trojans against the flailing Colorado Buffaloes is to see how wide the margin of victory may be.

Southern Cal, who has only lost one game this season, is favored by 41 points against the Buffs - who have only won one game.

The other sideshow to the game will be that the Stanley Cup will be in attendence at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and will be part of the halftime festivities.

So the question is: will the Trojans run up the scoreboard and beat the Buffaloes by more than 41 points or will the game be closer?

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